If you’re concerned about your health you have probably been looking at buying organic food. The more foods we buy that are organic without any added hormones or antibiotics the better our bodies can cope with our environment.
In many areas it is very easy to get these types of foods, however, in some areas it is just not that easy. The key is to do our best to eat as healthy as we can. What if you can’t get organic foods? What is the alternative?
Take heart, you if you cannot buy organic, you can at least learn what foods are best to avoid or perhaps use alternatives such as you’ll learn about in this article regarding canned foods.
To start off the list of toxic foods, we have one of the more commonly used fruits, the tomato. Tomatoes are used in dips, sauces, juices, salsa’s, pastas, soups and so many other items that I decided it should be at the top of the list. And it’s really not about the tomato. It is actually more about the process of how the tomato is well, “processed”.
Bisphenol Leaching in
The problem is something called Bisphenol or BPA. BPA has been in use for decades, and it is everywhere. It is a toxic chemical used to line the insides of both metal and plastic food and beverage containers. In 2010 Canada declared it toxic, and in 2012 the FDA prohibited its use in baby bottles. The updated version is now BPS, which may be the legal version of this chemical, but it is still a toxin to be avoided.
It has been linked to many different health issues. There is an increased risk for breast and prostate cancer as well as creating havoc with other organs such as the heart and pancreas. While the real goal here would be to avoid “all” canned foods, those that are of an acidic nature such as tomatoes.
One way to avoid BPS or BPA toxins would be to find the vegetables and fruits you need contained in glass.
Processed Deli Meats
One of the fastest ways to deliver protein into our body is by way of meat. Today we have been brainwashed into believing deli meat can provide us with a quick and healthy snack full of protein. And sometimes the price and convenience can be irresistible, especially when we have very little time to even consider cooking at home.
However price is NOT all we are concerned about. Our health is also something we need to take into consideration. Processed meats are typically made from animals given growth hormones, antibiotics and other drugs. They usually contain sodium nitrite and other chemical flavorings and dyes.
They are called processed for good reason and should be eliminated from our diets as much as we can manage to do so. You might think, “How much deli meat is too much? Can I eat just a few deli sandwiches a week?”
It’s tempting for sure. Who doesn’t love a deli sandwich? But the answer to how much deli meat is safe is zero.
No amount of processed meat is “safe.” Because of local availability or budget constraints it may not be possible to be totally organic in our meat or poultry choices. But we can be more aware of what is blatantly hazardous to us and make wiser more informed selections.
Margarine A Toxic Alternative
While many people have come to realize margarine should never be part of our diet, some still believe it’s a healthy alternative to butter. There are a myriad of unhealthy components in margarine and other imitation butters or substitutes, including trans- fats, free radicals, emulsifiers and preservatives, hexane (I dare you to look up what it is used for), and other toxic solvents.
On the other hand, raw milk butter, when made from grass-fed cows contains a highly beneficial CLA or “conjugated linoleic acid”. Studies indicated CLA aids the body in fighting cancer and diabetes.
You may be thinking you’ve got this one right. You’ve decided to use olive oil for your cooking and salads. Well, you’ve got it 50% right.
Vegetable oils are highly processed, and when consumed in large amounts, they alter the best component of these oils such as the omega-6 to omega-3 ratio. Vegetable oils can oxidize good cholesterol, turning it into bad cholesterol.
Coconut oil is best for cooking as it is not overly susceptible to heat damage. It is also one of the most unique and beneficial fats for your body.
What about olive oil? Isn’t it one of the better oils to consume? As long as it is not heated it is one of the better oils. However, it is best reserved for drizzling cold over a salad.
quick and easy
A fiber-filled microwave snack with a toxic kick
Microwave popcorn bags are lined with the chemical PFOA, and when heated this leaches onto the popcorn. These chemicals are part of an expanding group known to disrupt the endocrine system and affect our sex hormones.
The EPA has ruled PFCs as “likely carcinogens,” with developmental and reproductive health concerns… which is a big red flag for anyone wanting to or already pregnant.
Non-Organic Produce Known for High Pesticide Contamination
Fruits and vegetables have the greatest amount of pesticide sprayed on them, making them the most important to buy or grow organically, include strawberries, apples, cucumbers, spinach, kale and potatoes. If possible, buy these from the organic section in the market, or from a local grower.
The more in-demand organic foods become, the more competitive the pricing becomes. In many areas organic fruits and vegetables are almost the same price per pound as their non-organic counterparts.
If pesticides are a concern, then your best bet is to buy only organic fruits and vegetables, as synthetic agricultural chemicals are not permissible under the USDA organic rules.
Table Salt, The wonderful flavor enhancer that shouldn’t be on your table.
Table salt is a wonderful flavor enhancer. And it is super cheap as well as convenient. In 1924 companies that produce table salt began to add in iodine in order to compensate for the lack of iodine in the diet which can lead to a thyroid condition called, Goiter.
Was adding iodine to table salt a good thing? Research is “iffy” on this subject. Some say iodine actually has proven to show an enhancement in mental ability or an increase in IQ. The problem really isn’t in the added iodine, but rather the chemicals such as ferrocyanide and aluminosilicate that come from the processing of table salt.
The Good News is this… natural salt contains many naturally occurring minerals, including trace minerals that our bodies can benefit from and if you can aquire it, Himalayan salt is a really good choice as it contains about 84 trace minerals your body needs.
It must be noted that you would have to ingest a serious amount of table salt to actually get close to ingesting a dangerous amount of ferrocyanide or aluminosilicate. However, when you consider how many chemicals we have bombarding our bodies every day due to the air we breath, water we drink, and foods we eat, seeking out the healthier alternatives is a must.
Soy Protein Isolate and Unfermented Soy Products
Most soybeans grown in the US are genetically engineered (GE) to be “Roundup Ready.” The active ingredient in Roundup is glyphosate, which disrupts cellular function and may induce many of our modern diseases, including autism.
Unfermented soy includes soy products like, but not limited to, tofu, all soy milks, and soy infant formula. It has also been linked to malnutrition, digestive distress, immune-system breakdown, thyroid dysfunction, cognitive decline, reproductive disorders and infertility, even cancer and heart disease.
The only soy with health benefits is organic soy which has been properly fermented, at which point the beneficial properties become available to your digestive system.
Artificial Sweeteners – The slow and steady toxic evil that continues to be praised as a dieter’s best friend.
Artificial sweeteners such as aspartame can stimulate your appetite, increase carbohydrate cravings, and stimulate fat storage and weight gain. The methanol formed in aspartame can wreak havoc with sensitive proteins and DNA in your body.
This is because our bodies do not have a mechanism that allows methanol to be broken down into harmless formic acid. Toxicology testing on animals is a flawed model, as animals have this protective mechanism, so the results are skewed.
Now with all of this information, you may be asking yourself…
How can I afford to eat better?
That my dear friend, is a question that I have been personally seeking to answer. And I have slowly, over time, been able to afford to buy more and more organic produce as well as organic meats.
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